The illustrations in this are absolutely beautiful, and Bonnie's rendering makes me want to reach out and stroke her soft fur! Madeline's library looks like such a cozy, comfortable place to read, with low bookshelves and comfortable furniture. The soft colors are soothing as well.
Dogs are a great help when dealing with young children's difficulties, so Madeline Finn is a great book to pair with Spires' The Most Magnificent Thing, Meshon's The Best Days Are Dog Days or Mitchell's Toby. This also somehow seemed like it should have been a Berenstain book-- The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Reading or something like that, only with much better pictures!